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1980's style: Cyndi Lauper vs. Madonna

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 07, 2007 2:05 PM (Eastern)

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (1986)

Madonna - "Get Into the Groove" Music Video

Madonna eclipsed Lauper at one point; it could be argued it was a matter of style over substance, as Lauper was the (tremendously) better singer of the two.

However, Madonna deserves credit for her sheer creativity--a quality which must not be left out of our mid-2007 resurrection of the 80's. Madonna was never about spending money. She was, in her own way, as much a working class hero as Lauper. (In my memory of the period, the two are more twined together than opposed.)

Fashion historians, note Lauper's iconic, flamboyantly dyed orange hair, which has been sprayed and teased to form the ginormous hair (or "big hair") of the day.

Madonna's style contributions are many and varied, from the "wall of bracelets" (she was the first to do this that I know of), to thrift-store chic (perfectly captured in Desperately Seeking Susan)...she borrowed from punk in her all-black ensembles, wore lingerie as if it were outerwear...I remember quite clearly, as I'd thought for years that something as beautiful as lingerie should be seen, somehow... Madonna can't be credited with making inch-long dark roots fashionable, exactly, since Debbie Harry did that in the mid 1970's, but she went a long way toward making DIY a positive thing.

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4 comment(s)
July 7, 2007 4:16 PM, Blogger cmm said...

oh, now you're gettin me all teary-eyed and nostalgic!!
off to search Youtube for more videos. Its been awhile since I've heard "Papa Don't Preach"......

July 7, 2007 7:29 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Madonna is such a pop maverick. I think it's been only recently that she's gotten tasteless; she's always been a tastemaker. Imo, it was when she copied Angelina Jolie and adopted a kid. It may have been a generous gesture, but it was so transparently a publicity gesture, and I don't know... it's ok in showbiz to pretend to be bad because people do it all the time, but somehow, I resent the appearance of virtue. And I think the public does, too.

July 7, 2007 10:06 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Carol: Youtube is nothing short of amazing. There are videos for very nearly everything, stuff you thought you'd never see again, ever. Plus stuff from around the world.

Dain: Madonna...she had guts. She was one of those people who actually went to New York City to make it...and she used to eat popcorn, because she couldn't afford to eat properly (popcorn fills you up).

She was a lousy singer, no doubt about it, but she worked very hard to become a good singer. Anyone else would have taken the money and run.

It is different when you "knew" famous people when they were young, when you were young... It's like...Chuck Berry. To me he was always kind of, not an old man, but an older gentleman. But the people who grew up listening to his music, were fanatical about him.

July 7, 2007 11:36 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Madonna kind of reminds me of Justin Timberlake now.


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